The wait is over as an all new season of ‘Arrow‘ kicks off tonight. In the wake of the death of Laurel Lance, things are going to be different this year. Oliver dealing with being the Mayor of Star City while training a new batch of hero’s who will be joining his team, it is sure to be an interesting season. Check out all the details and clips for tonight’s episode below and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP. Arrow kicks off its 5th season tonight at 7pm Central on the CW.
“Essentially the theme that we’re dealing with this year is legacy. The idea [is] Oliver honoring Black Canary’s legacy after Laurel’s death last year,” said executive producer Marc Guggenheim during a recent interview. “As the season progresses, you’ll see that there are a lot of callbacks to season 1. What we’re doing is we’re dramatizing Oliver’s desire to grow, move forward, and evolve, but this concept of legacy keeps threatening to pull him back to the early days.”
NEW BEGINNINGS — After Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death and the departures of both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) from Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) takes to the streets solo to protect Star City’s citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman), enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.
James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and a teleplay by Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.